175 Practices and 600,000 Patients: Celebrating the Successes of the Patient Centered Medical Home Pilot and the Medical Homes Model in Maine

Published on December 12, 2016 by

On the final day of 2016, the sun will set on the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) Demonstration, a national health care transformation initiative that supported the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Pilot in Maine. MAPCP and the Maine PCMH Pilot have led to marked and positive change in the way primary care is…


Reducing Readmissions Requires Clinical & Non-Clinical Interventions

Published on October 6, 2015 by

Inpatient, behavioral health and primary care professionals developing readmission reduction strategies at the recent QC learning session. Last Friday, 600 primary care and behavioral health providers gathered at a Maine Quality Counts learning session in Augusta to seek solutions to a persistent problem in health care: the high rate of potentially avoidable readmissions. According to…


Building Resilient Primary Care Teams

Published on June 8, 2015 by

The Triple Aim of improving patient experience, reducing costs and addressing populations has become a legendary concept in health care transformation since Don Berwick introduced it in 2008. Last year, Thomas Bodenheimer suggested in the Annals of Family Medicine the addition of a fourth aim: improving the work life of health care providers, both clinicians…


Rediscovering Joy in Primary Care Practice

Published on April 30, 2015 by

With numerous studies indicating that half of primary care physicians in the U.S. suffer from burnout, yesterday’s Maine Quality Counts learning session for Patient Centered Medical Home and Health Home practices was particularly timely. During the one day session at Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center, 250 primary care practice team members gathered to learn how to…


Recognizing PCMH Practices and CCTs

Published on February 9, 2015 by

On February 5th, Maine Quality Counts was pleased to participate in special activities recognizing the commitment and hard work of Maine’s Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practices and Community Care Teams (CCTs). That morning, PCMH and CCT providers woke up to a ½ page ad in the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News recognizing…


Celebrating Patient-Centered Care

Published on February 6, 2015 by

Here in Maine, a set of dedicated primary care providers and their practice teams are quietly changing the way health care is delivered. They do more than treat sick and injured patients. They help people stay healthy and safe – ideally so they don’t become patients at all. They are the practices and community care…


Dr. Jeffrey Brenner Named MacArthur Genius

Published on October 3, 2013 by

Primary care physician Dr. Jeffrey Brenner was recently awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” for his dedication to improving the lives of his community’s sickest – and most expensive – patients. Early in his career, Dr. Brenner quickly recognized the need to create a health care delivery model to better serve high-needs, high-cost patients: “As…